2003 Ford Focus Overview

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Trims

LX
88 national listings
SE
129 national listings
SE Comfort w/ SPI
28 national listings
SE Comfort w/ Zetec
45 national listings
SE Wagon
36 national listings
ZTS
52 national listings
ZTW Wagon
29 national listings
ZX3
94 national listings
ZX5
72 national listings

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45 stars

Based on 90 reviews

Brilliant Euro Hot Hatch by Shaun
 — Where can I start? The 2003 Focus ZX5 is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairl... Read More
A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. by Richard
 — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start.... Read More
Awesome Little Car by emgriggs887
 — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, buildi... Read More

2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon.  (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower.  Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.  

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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Ford Focus Questions

The9
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Turbo

Can I turbo my Ford Focus zx3 it's got a 4 cylinder motor I don't want the motor to blow up but I want to boost the car to increase speed

7 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)
Phosphoman
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2003 Ford Focus Won't Start After Thermostat Housing Replacement.

The large coolant hose between the radiator and the thermostat housing ruptured. I replaced the hose and refilled the coolant but the car wouldn't start. The thermostat housing was leaking so I replac...

7 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)
TomWolfeRock
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What's Wrong With My 2003 Ford Focus Zx3?

I am not a knowledgable car person, so I'm afraid I can only describe symptoms. My car is a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3, and today I noticed a new problem. The whole car will shake violently at around 45+...

11 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Anna Caskey
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Heater Blower Motor, Resistor, Or Something Else?

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm a 22 year old mom, who knows nothing about cars, and to try to take my two year old anywhere with no heat is treacherous. So my 2003 Ford Focus wagon...

6 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Johniecity
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Electrical

My car lights keep going bright then dim flickering whilst I'm driving. Also the blowers have a surge of power when this happens. And sometimes when I go to start my car the ignition wines couple ...

17 views with 8 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)